Make use of the Christian Institute Election Briefing 2017
Created by Jon Taylor - Saturday 27 May 2017
Jon Taylor
This helpful guide enables quick comparison and analysis concerning issues that matter to Christians. Since we don’t live in a theocracy, there will always be conflict in trying to live as Bible based Christians, observing Romans 13:1-7, 1 Peter 2:13-17 and Acts 5:29 in our sphere of influence… It wisely doesn’t state who to vote for, but by providing a systematic layout of the  particular views, positions and policies held by the respective parties, it makes it far easier to not only determine which party to vote for, but to be able to meaningfully articulate your view from ideally a biblical perspective.
The Christian Institute provide a tremendous service by drawing to our attention important bills and issues being debated on a regular basis with reference to biblical principles and Christian freedoms, some of which can easily slip under our radar. They also often provide template letters that can be personalised or informative appropriate means to engage with political leaders and to have a godly influence in a society that as a whole doesn’t fear God.
In a country with typical though simultaneously poor representation of the percentage of the population voting, the adage ‘all that it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing’ is a chilling reminder of apathy, indifference or exasperation from voting for the lesser of evils. It would be fascinating to know the hypothetical outcome if everyone decided they would vote. If the number of non-voters formed their own party they would certainly be a force to be reckoned with; if only they established or discovered a cause worth committing themselves to!
Before diving into the main section however, there is an introduction that sets the scene and provides a framework with which to consider the information provided within the policies for the respective parties including the following: why should you vote?  Biblical priorities, Brexit, issues on the horizon, two key factors in voting, speaking to candidates, party policies and key background information on legislation and public policy.
So the bottom line is to make your vote count, think biblically about politics and make use of the Christian Institute 2017 Election Briefing to enable you to do that. The briefing can be accessed here.
Saturday 27 May 2017